“It’s not easy being overweight and on benefits. If I was well off, I’d be able to buy fresh food and afford a gym membership,” says an obese mother-of-two who wants more taxpayers’ money to overhaul her unhealthy lifestyle. I’ve said it before, but I guess it’s time to say it again… Being healthy DOESN’T have to be expensive.
Christina Briggs, aged 26, from Wigan (UK), says she hates being 25 stone (350 pounds) but she can’t do anything about it because she can only afford junk food. Oh, she also says exercise is out of the question because she doesn’t have the funds to join a gym.
Unemployed Christina, who gets £20,000 each year in benefits [welfare for those reading in the US] says “’I tried swimming but it cost £22 a month and it meant I had to cut back on my favourite pizza and Chinese takeaways.”
Is the issue really about money?
In a television interview Christina said, “I don’t want surgery. I want to prove to my kids, and myself, that I can do it myself.“
The benefit Christina receives for herself and her 2 children equates to almost £400 per week. From my experience, £400 could buy a lot of fruit and veg. In fact, even if three quarters of her money was needed for household bills £100 would still be more than sufficient to provide fresh produce to feed one adult and two children for a week.
Yet, the family feast everyday on takeaways, chocolate and crisps as size 26 Christina says they can’t afford low fat foods.
She has been warned by her GP that her health is in danger because of her size. Christina says she is desperate not to leave her two children without a mother but she insists “it’s not my fault – healthy food is too expensive.”
I fear the real issue here is that Christina doesn’t know how to get out of the processed food trap (and may not even understand the trap exists).
The way food is marketed combined with the most wide spread food education, such as the UK government’s Change 4 Life, has millions of people eating in a way that is having a negative impact on their health and wellbeing.
For example, as part of Change 4 Life, the NHS suggests we all “try to swap food and drink with added sugar for stuff that has no added sugar or is sugar free.” Food companies then actively market products labelled “no added sugar” or “sugar free” but which are instead loaded with artificial, chemical sweeteners.
Research has shown that these low-calorie sweeteners RAISE the risk of obesity and diabetes by affecting how the body processes sugar.
The number one objective of the big food companies is to sell more food and make more money. The low-fat, low-sugar, “healthy” products they promote are often filled with chemicals that have been shown to be detrimental to health and in many cases lead to further food addictions.
The real trick is to get as close to nature as possible, stop eating highly processed man-made crap and eat REAL food.
A great way to kick start this and the catalyst to me shedding almost a third of my body weight and regaining my health is juicing. I don’t know any other method of gaining such rapid, positive results having seen so many testimonials and success stories. Oh, and juicing doesn’t have to be expensive either. Check out my free 7 Day Budget Juice Reboot.
As for exercise, guess what? Going to the gym can make you FAT!
A recent survey found that more than a third of people allow themselves a treat after going to the gym – most typically a chocolate bar or a glass of wine. This resulted in 26 per cent of gym users actually put on weight after starting regular exercise.
You don’t need a gym membership to exercise. Simply going for a walk can have significant health benefits. Not only can it aid weight loss, but recent research found that a 15-minute walk after each meal could prevent type-2 diabetes from developing.
Money is not the answer to obesity, nor is gym membership or low-fat, low-calorie processed foods.
The real answer is education. Education about the rise of western diseases and the increased consumption of junk and processed foods and education on how to escape the food trap and live a healthy, vibrant life in our modern world.
The thing that upset me the most reading about Christina Briggs was learning that one of her children has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and issues with her kidneys. I fear this too could be diet related and I want to try and help Christina and her children. If you know Christina I would love to be able to make contact with her and try to get her to one of my live events.
Please share this post and help me to try and help Christina and her children.
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